Millennials are too stupid to read, obviously.
Recently clicked on this article, entitled “What Do Millennials Read” when it showed up on my Twitter newsfeed. Why? Because I am a millennial (aged 20-something) and I enjoy reading a great deal. As someone with an overflowing bookcase who is constantly loaning out books to my friends, the title piqued my interest.
The article is from MinnPost.com, a news blog founded by former professional journalists that became victims of the bad economy and a failing print news industry. Aka, it should be reputable. Its tagline is ‘A Thoughtful Approach to the News.’ Which should mean that its contributors think before they write and don’t blindly jump on bandwagons, right?
This is what contributor Audra Otto had to say on the subject:
Millenials [sic] are infamous for their short, 140-characters-or-less attention spans.
In a world defined by video clips, emails, texts, tweets, posts, and pokes, some observers wonder if 20- and 30-somethings can concentrate long enough to read books anymore.
We’d like to think so. We at least hope so.
Whether it’s a Kindle e-book or a worn-out hardcover; whether page-turning during the work commute or while sitting on the john; we want to know what you’re reading.
Assure us you’re doing more than tweeting, boozing, and streaming episodes of “Burn Notice” in your spare time. Tell MinnPost which books you’ve read lately and which titles you’ve been recommending to others.
Dear Audra Otto, great job proving that you’re a ‘real journaist’ by jumping on the bandwagon recently popularized by the likes of Fox News and the New York Post (great journalistic idols) and taking a huge shit on millennials.
I learned a lot about journalism from Audra Otto. For instance, did you know that to be a true journalist you must make broad generalizations about a group of people, even when what you are writing doesn’t require you to? In pushing these stereotypes you should be sure to only repeat what others have said without adding any original ideas or facts to back up your claims. Be sure to ask for the help of people you say are too busy ‘tweeting, boozing, and streaming episodes of Burn Notice’ to respond.
Before I realized how stupid/technologically-hynotized I am, I thought about what I might have answered.
I recently finished two books, both of which I would recommend:
Richard Yates by Tao Lin
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Other books that I consistently recommend:
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Lin? Vonnegut? Nietzsche? LOL, what a stereotypical millennial hipster I am!
I find it incredibly offensive that Otto—whether for the laughs, because it’s fashionable to pick on millennials, or because it actually represents her viewpoint—would assert that millennials cannot possibly be well-read because their use of technology and the internet somehow precludes that. How does she think I even found her article? Via Twitter, duh? The fact that I check Twitter a few times a day does not imply that I don’t also find time to read or pursue other non-technological, intellectual pursuits. Normally it would be ‘beneath me’ to point out that she misspelled the name of generation, but in this case I think it only solidifies how out-of-touch and unfamiliar with millennials she actually is.
Can I call for a fucking moratorium on millennial bashing already?